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Keeping pets safe in frigid weather


 MADISON (WKOW) -- It's important to keep an eye on your pets in the extreme cold. The Dane County Humane Society urges pet owners to limit their pet's time outside during walks and bathroom breaks, and when pets are outside, make sure to watch for signs of stress.

Gayle Viney of the Dane County Humane Society says, "When the animals are outside really paying attention to their body language and their behavior, if they're starting to really pick up their paws right away, if they're shivering, if they're even getting lethargic, those are signs they're not doing well and you need to get them inside immediately or seek medical attention."

For larger outdoor animals like horses, make sure they have plenty of protective layering like coating, jackets, and blankets.

 Director of the Global Conservation Group's Cruelty Investigation Department, Lisa Love says, "We will have our Animal Emergency Response Teams in Milwaukee, Watertown, and Madison all day and night Monday responding to urgent calls, assisting law enforcement and working with other animal welfare organizations to ensure the proper care of companion animals."

If you see an animal that has been outside too long, or see a wild animal in need of assistance, please call 911 or the National Animal Emergency Hotline at 888-959-5403.

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